The government will shortly announce a review of legal aid legislation, Justice Secretary Liz Truss has announced.
The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act, commonly known as LASP0, introduced sharp cuts to legal aid when it came into force on April 1 2013. The Ministry of Justice is required to review the effects of the legislation within five years of its introduction but the controversial nature of the cuts has meant that the department has come under pressure to begin the review as soon as possible.
Labour MP and Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon raised the issue in the House of Commons, saying the government should respond to demands for reconsideration of the legislation.
In response, Liz Truss insisted that the a review was already on the cards:
“We have already announced a review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 [when the legislation came into force] – we will shortly be announcing the timetable – but we need a system that is both open and affordable, which is exactly what the government are delivering.”